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“Truly animal-free” cellular meat collaboration: CPI and 3DBT examine alternatives to fetal bovine serum

The two companies are investigating alternatives to FBS, examining the development of cell feeding medium that incorporates a new class of growth-promoting supplements for increased biomass production. These supplements aim to eliminate the need for expensive FBS and be sourced from existing agro-industrial by-products, such as low-value raw materials like wood waste and chaff. This reduces costs and cuts the carbon footprint of cultured meat production.

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MycoWorks closes $45m Series B; John Legend, Natalie Portman invest

MycoWorks, which produces an animal-free leather alternative, has raised $45 million in a Series B round co-led by Taiwan’s WTT Investment and California’s DCVC Bio.New investors included Valor Equity Partners, Humboldt Fund, and Gruss & Co, as well as “several major fashion brands” and other undisclosed parties. The startup can now also claim celebrity backing, with musician John Legend and actor Natalie Portman participating in the round.

Source: MycoWorks closes $45m Series B; John Legend, Natalie Portman invest